By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Communications and Marketing Manager.
The Mill Creek City Council will honor and recognize Donna Michelson as she retires from the Mill Creek City Council after serving for more than 18 years. Her retirement celebration takes place Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 6 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 15728 Main St. in Mill Creek.
“Donna has been a great community advocate, no matter if she encountered people on her daily run or in City Hall,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto.
“Mill Creek has changed significantly under her watch, growing from a rural community to a vibrant and distinguished City. She has done many great things, and she will be missed.”
Michelson, a Mill Creek community member since 1978, has demonstrated a passion for building relationships and making a difference in the community. Her community service harkens back to the early years of Mill Creek, when she helped develop a successful after-school program for students.
Working hard to keep Mill Creek a vibrant community, Donna joined the City Council in March 1999. She was appointed deputy mayor in 2002 and 2004, and served as mayor from 2006 through 2008.
During her tenure, Michelson worked with the Council to help lead the vision and execution for the development of Mill Creek Town Center, an award-winning shopping and gathering destination that features many fine retail shops and restaurants.
In the days before a hearing examiner was used, Michelson was heavily involved in creating the character of Mill Creek as its development unfolded. She was an advocate for the Mill Creek Sports Park, which serves more than 3,800 youth annually.
Most recently, she was instrumental in the City’s creation of a safe internet purchase exchange site, which will allow community members to safely conduct e-commerce business in a police-monitored location when it is unveiled in early December.
“Our City has changed so much in the last two decades,” said Michelson.
“I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the community’s interests as Mill Creek has become an active, safe and friendly place to visit, work and do business – but especially a great place to live and call home.”
While on the Council, Michelson focused on building community programs, including a free hazardous waste roundup event, a free electronics recycling program, a free pet microchipping event, and many free document shredding events.
As the Councilmember sitting on the City’s Art and Beautification Board, she helped implement Art Walk and the annual Great Garden Awards, was a visionary behind the Veterans Monument, and led other community enrichment initiatives.
She also served as the Council representative on the Mill Creek Library Board for many years.
Michelson will retire when her term expires on December 31, 2017.
Those wishing to personally congratulate Donna and recognize her contributions are invited to attend the meeting and share in light refreshments.